MIDWINTER’s story goes back to the year 2000. At that time, the Chauty brothers were playing in a Rock-Metal female fronted outfit called NUTSHELL. Nothing was somehow concrete and the guys were still looking for their style to define. The arrival of the youngest of the three Chauty brothers on keyboards marked a turning point as a more symphonic aspect was introduced in NUTSHELL's music. A French national TV channel invited the band to perform one of their songs live during a stupid show but in front of an audience of millions of people!
Still, something was missing and as the four guys were heading for a style defined as Symphonic Gothic Heavy Metal, a soprano female singer was asked to join MIDWINTER.
In 2003, MIDWINTER entered studio to record its first full-length album "Fountain of Youth" with Pierre-Emmanuel Pélisson, then member of the Heavy Metal combo HEAVENLY. Ten songs were recorded and the band finally got a contract deal with Thundering Records for a release planned in early 2004.
Unfortunately, Luc, one of the Chauty brothers died in May 2004, but MIDWINTER decided to continue the adventure. After a few line up changes, MIDWINTER worked hard to give a second life to the band. Mainly compared to all NIGHTWISH-like, the band decided to explore new musical horizons.
" The Glassy Waters ", their second and last album to date, presents a more mature band. Still produced by P-E Pélisson (ex-HEAVENLY, MALADAPTIVE, CIVILIZATION ONE), MIDWINTER adds to its symphonic heavy speed metal some more gothic and sometimes electro-rock touches as well as some classical heavy-thrash parts. This critically acclaimed album even features a surprising Guns'n'Roses’ classic 'Sweet Child'O'Mine' cover !
After promoting " The Glassy Waters ", MIDWINTER decided to take a break, justified by personal and professional obligations. Some of the band’s members then decided to concentrate on some other important musical projects (ERA NOVA, ULTRA VOMIT, KISS & FLY…).